T-Mobile US Inc (TMUS) Reluctant To Follow On Transparency Front
T-Mobile US Inc (NYSE:TMUS) is well known for its love for price wars and criticism of rivals in an effort to win for phone service consumers. However, the company isn’t willing to be transparent on all matters, at least yet. While its peers have taken the challenge to come clean on government data demands they receive, T-Mobile hasn’t report its numbers.
In the major teleco space, Verizon Communications Inc. (NYSE:VZ) made the first move with transparency reporting. Verizon was followed by AT&T Inc (NYSE:T) and then Sprint Corp (NYSE:S) followed suit earlier this year. However, T-Mobile, a tormentor of the larger rivals, has remained quite on transparency front.
Under consideration, no timeline
According to a spokesman for T-Mobile US Inc (NYSE:TMUS), transparency report is something that the company is considering. However, there is no timeline currently as to when they company would release its report.
Google the trailblazer
Among technology companies, Google Inc (NASDAQ:GOOGL) trail blazed transparency reporting in 2010 with a biannual report. The company disclosed warrants, subpoenas and orders received from the government for user data. Google’s action triggered widespread transparency reporting, especially among companies that have come to consider privacy as a competitive edge.
Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) and Yahoo! Inc. (NASDAQ:YHOO) are some other major techs that also provide transparency reporting.
Amazon.com, Inc. (NASDAQ:AMZN) last week became the last of major tech companies to make its transparency report. Amazon broke its silence on the matter to report the number of requests it gets for user data.
Fighter fails to pick a war
Transparency reporting is a way for companies to show that they don’t work in unison with the government to breach user privacy. While T-Mobile US Inc (NYSE:TMUS) fights hard to win for consumers in the teleco space, the company hasn’t considered that privacy is another important issue for consumers.
Companies are not under any legal obligation to make their transparency reports, but privacy groups are pushing them to do it.
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